Number of coronavirus-positive Filipinos abroad climbs to 169

Sofia Tomacruz
Number of coronavirus-positive Filipinos abroad climbs to 169

The Department of Foreign Affairs records 169 cases across 25 countries, with 2 deaths and 90 recoveries

MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipinos abroad confirmed to have the novel coronavirus increased to 169, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday, March 24.  

At least 169 confirmed cases have been recorded across 25 countries, including Italy, the United States, Japan, Korea, and Singapore, among others. The confirmed cases include two deaths, one each in India and France. 

The DFA also listed 90 Filipinos who have since recovered from the disease, and 77 more still undergoing treatment. 

Below is a breakdown of cases per region:

Asia Pacific

  • Total: 111
  • Undergoing treatment: 24
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 86
  • Deaths: 1


  • Total: 20
  • Undergoing treatment: 17
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 2
  • Deaths: 1 

Middle East

  • Total: 18
  • Undergoing treatment: 16
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 2
  • Deaths: 0


  • Total: 20
  • Undergoing treatment: 20
  • Recovered or discharged from hospital: 0
  • Deaths: 0

Of the 169 cases, 128 were officially confirmed by the Department of Health, which tracks cases based on International Health Regulations.

Unlike in earlier reports, the DFA did not provide a complete list of countries where cases of COVID-19 positive Filipinos have been recorded.

The agency said this was primarily due to countries where privacy restrictions were in place, prohibiting the release of nationalities of infected patients to avoid discrimination.  

The latest count registers an increase of 16 cases from the 153 cases earlier announced on Monday, March 23.  

As of Tuesday, the Philippines has recorded 552 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 35 deaths and 20 recoveries. 

The global death toll, meanwhile, has reached 16,961, with 6,077 of the fatalities in Italy and 3,277 in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). The number of cases worldwide has risen to more than 386,350, with 81,171 cases in China and 63,927 cases in Italy. The virus has spread to 175 countries. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at